Wade’s Vulture Cycles MTB Is Just the Way He Wants It – Dylan VanWeelden

Wade’s Vulture Cycles MTB Is Just the Way He Wants It
Photos and words by Dylan VanWeelden

Some people you just don’t forget. Wade is just one of those fellas. I remember meeting him for the first time and he gave me a lighter with a Vulture Bikes sticker on it. Having spent a career in marketing coming up with endless gimmicks for brands this simple swag piece was perfect. The sticker lighter was cheap, easy and nailed his client on the head.

Part time builder for Vulture Cycles and full-time custom air plane builder Wade is the kind of guy you want to shoot the shit with around the fire. A wild man that lives off the beaten path. A free spirit that laughs to no end. A man that creates his own ride the way he wants to.

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  • boomforeal

    f’ing magic

  • Beau Street

    Hell yeah, so ugly it’s beautiful! Steel and 27.5+? Nice shot of the Mepp’s, best spinner bait ever

  • Justin

    This thing is too nice. Those handlebars! Schwing!

  • breed007

    A+. Love it. But I do wonder if (what appears to be) the bolt-on seat stays result in a lot of lateral flex in the frame. Either way, it’s awesome.

    • Part time builder for Vulture Cycles and full-time custom air plane builder Wade is the kind of guy you want to shoot the shit with around the fire. A wild man that lives off the beaten path. A free spirit that laughs to no end. A man that creates his own ride the way he wants to.

    • White Mike

      B Reed hates art in any form.

      Can’t enjoy anything.

      Loves All City.

      • breed007

        I’m all gears, carbon and dropper posts now. Off the shelf. Art is a pain in the ass.

        • White Mike

          Yeti? RIP to your soul. Catch you online in an E-bike argument.

          • breed007

            Carbon Honzo.

  • AngryBikeWrench

    Love the pie-cut-and-welded bend in the seat tube. Aesthetically, I’ll take pie cuts and raw welds all over all day long. I’m kind of surprised we don’t see it a little more often.

  • David Watts

    Looks like Mad Max’s bike.

  • Katy Bryce

    Wade is a one-of-a-kind human, and one of my best buddies. I’ll never forget the day I met Wade (in 1997? 1998?) and he is unforgettable in every way. I ride a super duper, fancy dancy, full boingy boing plastic rocket machine, and he still crushes me on that bike! We love you, Vulture!

  • terriblemcnaughton

    Custom made vintage S&M Redneck-esque “Turkey” stem is simply amazing.

  • Jeff Menand

    Mutant genius right there. Go Wade.
    Thanks for the story Dylan.

  • true love here